NSW Regulatory Framework
The community housing strategy Planning for the Future: New directions for community housing in New South Wales 2007/08 — 2012/13, aims to support the growth of the sector and build the capacity of, and confidence in, community housing.
To facilitate these objectives, the Housing Act 2001 (NSW) was amended to provide for the establishment of the Registrar of Community Housing to administer a new regulatory system in NSW and to limit the provision of assistance by Housing NSW to those community housing providers that are registered.
In October 2016, NSW Parliament enacted an amendment to the Community Housing Providers (Adoption of National Law) Act 2012 (the Act) to establish a local system of registration, monitoring and regulation of entities that provide community housing but are unable to be registered under the Community Housing Providers National Law (NSW).
Registrar of Community Housing
The Registrar of Community Housing will be responsible for the registration and regulation of community housing providers in NSW.
The Regulatory Code is applied across four classes of providers — Growth Providers, Housing Providers, Housing Managers, and Small Housing Managers — and with each class proportionate to the level of risk to which providers are exposed.
The NSW local scheme — NSWLS
In August 2017, under section 25A of the Act, the NSW Minister for Family and Community Services directed the Registrar of Community Housing (the Registrar) to commence the NSW local registration system known as the NSW Local Scheme (NSWLS).
Development of a National Regulatory System for Community Housing Providers
In June 2011, Housing Ministers across Australia agreed to develop a National Regulatory System for Community Housing. The system introduced provides a consistent regulatory arrangements to promote the growth of the community housing sector nationally. For more information, refer to the NRSCH.